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Harmony Day Performance

Join us in song when members of the With One Voice choirs perform for Harmony Day!

When: 1pm, Thursday 21 March
Where: Collins Place (forecourt), 45 Collins Street, Melbourne

Harmony Day, part of Cultural Diversity Week, is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s vibrant multicultural communities. On Harmony Day, people are invited to share their stories, and that is exactly what members of the With One Voice choirs will do on Thursday 21 March.

So forget that working lunch – invite your friends and colleagues to join With One Voice in the forecourt at Collins Place at 1pm and together we will lift our voices in celebration of diversity and harmony!

Click here to download the Harmony Day event poster, which we encourage you to circulate to your networks, or display in your local community or business.

With One Voice welcomes new voices for 2013

It’s not long until the wonderful With One Voice choirs recommence for 2013!

Following an incredible With One BIG Voice concert in December, we’re excited for another great year. If you’ve never been part of a With One Voice choir, now is a great time to come along, feel welcome amongst other people who love to sing and find your voice. If you’re an existing choir member, why not bring a friend?

Here are dates of the first rehearsals for With One Voice choirs in 2013:

Ashburton Sings! (Our Community) – Wednesday 6 February
Footscray Sings! – Thursday 24 January
Frankston Sings! – Monday 4 February
Geelong Sings! – Monday 4 February
Greater Dandenong Sings! – Wednesday 6 February
Heidelberg Sings! – Thursday 7 February
Melbourne Sings! – Tuesday 5 February
St Kilda Sings! – Monday 4 February
Sydney Sings! – Tuesday 5 February

If you’re interested in joining a choir, contact our friendly team on [email protected] or call (03) 8679 6088.

Click here to download the media release and poster celebrating a brand new year for With One Voice.  Why not help us spread the word by putting up a poster in your local area?

We look forward to singing with you in 2013!

Vale Dame Elisabeth Murdoch – A Great Patron & Friend

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE, who passed away on 5 December at the remarkable age of 103 at her home, Cruden Farm. Dame Elisabeth was a Patron, friend and wonderful supporter of Creativity Australia and music and singing were a great source of enlightenment, comfort and enjoyment throughout her life. We will never forget the many times she was in the front row waving and applauding at performances. We treasure the times we shared with her and know her legacy will live on forever.

With One BIG Wow!

Thanks to Peter Casamento for the photo.

The sound of over 300 singers echoing throughout the Melbourne Town Hall is not one that will be soon forgotten! 800 people gathered on Sunday, December 2nd, to fill the Town Hall and experience the magic of the With One Voice choirs.

With a program with everything from Fever to Africa, there was truly a song for everyone, and it became impossible for the audience to resist simply sitting and watching – they were standing and clapping, with some even singing along!

Aside from bringing together all 13 of our Melbourne choirs, it was an extra special day for Sydney Sings who made their interstate debut – many of whom stepped off the train and onto the stage!

Huge congratulations to all who sang – you were brilliant. Thank you to all who came and supported their friends and family, we hope you walked away with a smile.

Keep an eye out for photos and videos – but for now, why not check out some of the photos that our singers have uploaded to Facebook?

Five Fun Facts About The With One BIG Voice Concert

There are only 25 days left until December 2nd – which marks the third ever With One BIG Voice concert!  This year’s concert will be the biggest one yet, and even sees the Sydney Sings choir making their interstate debut.

Whilst we count down until December 2nd, here are a five With One BIG Voice facts to tide you over!

Did you know…

  1. In 2011, the most tickets sold by a member was 18 tickets!  Will we break that record this year?
  2. A video of all the choirs performing Toto’s ‘Africa’ has received over 14,000 views on Youtube – watch it here
  3. The With One BIG Voice concert will take place in the same venue where Federation was debated, where Nellie Melba debuted and where the Beatles greeted their adoring fans!
  4. There will be over 400 singers performing this year – which would fill a Boeing 747 airplane
  5. The capacity of the Melbourne Town Hall is 800 people.

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Click here to buy yours today! 

And click here to download a media release.

Pozible – Get Rewarded In More Ways Than One!

Get discounted With One BIG Voice concert tickets and some awesome rewards through our Pozible campaign! Click here to see how you can get involved!

Pozible is an online crowd funding platform that allows individuals to help fund creative projects and ideas, making great things possible.

Hurry – time is running out to get involved! Click here to help us reach our target and contribute to the With One BIG Voice concert – if we don’t reach our target, then we will receive none of the pledges made, and you miss out on discounted tickets!

Creative Universe Gala Dinner: Who Will You See There?

As part of the Creative Innovation Conference which features over 40 world class Australian and international keynote speakers, leaders, artists and thinkers, Creative Universe will be hosting a Gala Dinner.  We would like to invite all of Creativity Australia’s partners, members and supporters to book a table and be part of this very special evening.

The Gala Dinner will take place at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Grand Ballroom, and the fine food and wine will be complemented by outstanding entertainment; including Creativity Australia’s own Heidelberg and Melbourne Sings choirs, sensational Australian group Pot-Pourri (recently named Australian Event Entertainers of the Year) and brilliant pianist Stefan Cassomenos.

Aside from enjoying a spectacular evening, there will be chance to rub shoulders with a number of the Ci2012 keynote speakers, who will be attending the event as guests and hosting tables.  Imagine sharing a fantastic dinner with Baroness Susan Greenfield (UK), or having a drink with Google CTO Michael T. Jones (USA)!

The dinner will support Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program – supporting the running of our 13 choirs across Victoria, 1 in Sydney and 1 in Canberra.  To help us sustain and continue to grow the With One Voice choirs, join us at the Gala Dinner and feast your eyes on the marvellous entertainment, the fabulous food and the feeling of knowing you are a part of something great – when many diverse voices come together as “one voice” on a regular basis the outcomes are transformational!

Thursday 29th November
7.00 – 11.00pm
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom
25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Individual tickets are $250 each (incl. a $150 tax-deductible donation) and Corporate Tables of 10 are $5,000 (incl. a $4000 tax-deductible donation)

Click here to book your tickets!

With One BIG Voice 2012 – Tickets on Sale!!

You’re sitting in the dark.

There isn’t a sound to be heard until the pitter-patter of rain begins.

Lights flash before your eyes, and that gentle pitter-patter turns into a deep, thunderous rumble. The lights continue to flash and your eyes dart left to right, madly trying to find the source of that rumble.

Those brief flashes of light slowly turn into one continuous glow, and as your eyes begin to focus, the voices stream from across the room and come together as one, singing the opening lines of Toto’s Africa…You may need to see it to believe it.

Suddenly you hurtle back down to earth, safe from the thunder inside the Melbourne Town Hall and gaze at the 400 singers before you.

When was the last time you stopped to listen to someone’s story? Join us at Creativity Australia’s annual With One BIG Voice concert and be inspired by the uplifting voices of over 400 people, the emotional stories and timeless songs from our 14 With One Voice choirs from Melbourne and Sydney. Listen as the choir members tell their stories – proving that there is always far, far more to any person than what meets the eye.

Need more? Click here to read more about last years concert, and have a look at our video gallery and photo gallery!

When: Sunday December 2nd
Time: 3.30 – 6.00pm
Where: Melbourne Town Hall, 90/120 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000

Click here to get your tickets today!

Download the Press Release here.

CREATIVE INNOVATION 2012 Asia Pacific Gala Dinner

Creative Universe will soon be hosting the acclaimed Creative Innovation Conference which features over 40 world class Australian and international keynote speakers, leaders, artists and thinkers. Ci2012 takes place 28-30 November at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins under the title “Wicked Problems, Great Opportunities! Leadership and Courage for Volatile Times”.

One of the highlights will be a Gala Dinner, which will take place at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Grand Ballroom, and will feature fine food and wine and outstanding entertainment including sensational Australian group Pot-Pourri (recently named Australian Event Entertainers of the Year), brilliant pianist Stefan Cassomenos and a number of Creativity Australia’s With One Voice Choirs including Melbourne Sings. A number of the Ci2012 keynote speakers will attend the event as guests and host tables.

The dinner will support Creativity Australia’s With One Voice program assisting migrants, the unemployed and those with disabilities and depression to find their voice, build skills, improve employability and enhance community wellbeing. When many diverse voices come together as “one voice” on a regular basis the outcomes are transformational!

We would like to invite all of Creativity Australia’s partners, members and supporters to book a table and be part of this very special evening.

Thursday 29th November
7.00 – 11.00pm
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Grand Ballroom
25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Individual tickets are $250 each (incl. a $150 tax-deductible donation) and Corporate Tables of 10 are $5,000 (incl. a $4000 tax-deductible donation)

Click here to book your tickets! 

Deakin Staff and Students Celebrate Launch!

In partnership with Deakin University, we proudly launched Deakin Sings on August 27th with over 90 staff and students in attendance!

Enthusiastically led by conductor Adrian Portell, the group quickly found themselves establishing new friendships and connections – you can see by the photos and video that a great time was had by all.

We’re looking forward to seeing the choir grow – perhaps a staff/student sing-off is on the cards!

Deakin Sings is open to all Deakin University staff, students and is soon to be open to anyone from the surrounding Burwood Community. For more information and to get involved please see here or contact us.

For an interview with John Devereaux , Executive Director of Student Life at Deakin University Burwood click here.

Sydney Sings Serenades Sydney Morning Herald

Following the Sydney Sings Soirèe, held at the Pitt St Uniting Church on Tuesday 28th August, we were featured in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Thanks to Malcolm Brown for coming along and reporting on the event!

‘CHARLES LEON, 52, one of the stolen generation, who grew up in children’s homes and with a foster family, might not have a lot to smile about but with the new community choir Sydney Sings, which had its inaugural public performance this week, there were plenty of smiles.

Mr Leon was born in Bellingen in 1960. He comes from the Biripi people on his mother’s side and the Warrami people on his father’s. He has come with his didgeridoo to accompany the choir when it joins in a worldwide song, Good Earth Singers, in December.

That is when community choirs all around the globe will use their mobile phones and apps to sing the one song, in succession at allocated times, and choristers using those devices will listen to their fellow singers in Nigeria, Russia, France …’  [Read]

Don’t forget to click for more photos and videos!

Arts & Health National Policy Underway

We were delighted to travel to Canberra last month to participate in the National Arts and Health Policy Forum. 

The Forum was attended by senior representatives of government arts and health agencies (including  exponents of arts and health. They included clinicians, researchers and academics, philanthropists, a number of members of the Arts and Health Working Group), and by many of Australia’s leading artists, senior health services personnel, consumer groups, Aboriginal health agencies, arts and disability organisations and community based arts and health advocates.

Those at the Forum provided advice to the Arts and Health Working Group on the possible content  and Health Policy Framework will lead to a more cohesive approach to knowledge sharing, sector and purpose of a National Arts and Health Policy Framework. They discussed how a National Arts development and increased resourcing for contemporary arts and health research and practice – with beneficial impacts on the health and wellbeing of the Australian community.The Forum bought leading artists, health professionals and policy writers together to in the nation’s capital to push for a National Arts and Health Policy.

Digital Showcase of leading arts and health practice from across the country demonstrates why it is so important to integrate the arts in Australia’s national health policy.

Read the Press Release from the forum working group.
Watch Simon Crean’s presentation
 to the Forum.
Download a copy of the National Arts and Health Policy Campaign Handbook to add your stories to this growing collection.

Written by Ewan McEoin.

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